On 12th and 13th of May an event for the closing of a completed project between the Lithuanian Police and the police institutions of partner countries, namely Latvia, Estonia, Sweden and Finland, is being held. Following an invitation by the Lithuanian Police Department, the event is attended by the Chiefs of police of the partner countries.
The project "Introduction and development of strategic approach to international police cooperation and EU acquis implementation at regional level in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden" completed in 2014-2016 was versatile in the scope of finished activities and realised measures. Nevertheless, all of the varying activities and measures were tied together by a common goal - the strengthening of capabilities of the Baltic and Nordic countries' police institutions by creating a common strategy of police international cooperation on a regional level. Moreover, the key goal of the project was centred around the spheres of the activities of public police, the improvement of the execution of the EU statute and the development of the control mechanisms of these processes.
For the implementation of the strategic approach to international and inter-institutional relations in the region a strategy on international police cooperation at a regional level between partner states was drafted and signed at the beginning of 2015 by the chiefs of police. Moreover, a plan of action for 2015-2017, which oversees concrete steps and measures of working, was adopted. With regard to the implementation of the project, a significant part of the steps have already been completed and their effectiveness as well as directions for further improvement were assessed during expert level meetings.
Another sphere of the project encompassed the implementation of the EU statute and the improvement of the skills of employees working with it. This aspect of the project saw the creation of training programmes and materials as well as the organisation of practical activities for the amelioration of skills of working within the EU framework. Moreover, Lithuanian police experts shared their experience of leading the presidency of the Council of the EU with the Latvian and Estonian police services.
Furthermore, another interesting as well as valuable activity within the framework of the project was the implementation of the pilot phase of the "Mobile Liaison Officers" initiative, which was carried out between Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. During this phase of the project each of the three states chose a country of interest which was visited by their Liaison Officers for a set number of times. Lithuania chose Germany because of the significant number of individuals with Lithuanian origins committing crimes in the country. Another goal was to establish closer direct contacts with Germany.
In addition, the project was a foundation through which the best practices of Baltic countries of implementing EU standards for the provision of safety during mass events was passed on to the EU Eastern Partnership states. Moreover, the abilities of partner countries to adapt to the challenges of working in a multicultural environment and their capabilities to modernise the internal processes of their respective institutions were strengthened.
During the closing conference the results of the project, the lessons learnt from its implementation as well as the plans for cooperative future work will be discussed. In light of the current changes within the areas of organisation of the processes of institutions and the improvement of the effectiveness of their work, a significant part of the conference will be devoted to the issues of strategic planning. All the delegations will present innovations, proven solutions and their experience in this sphere.
Funded by the European Union Programme
"Prevention of and Fight against Crime"
European Commission - Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs